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Aereo goes on life support, shuts down Boston office

Aereo goes on life support, shuts down Boston office

The last time we visited the whole “What’s TV and what’s Internet?” thing, the FCC was considering change to the way they treated both types of services. As legacy cable service starts to operate more like a digital offering, the lines are blurring. In that vein, we held out a small amount of hope Aereo would survive their setbacks, and hold out long enough to see the FCC make a bigger ruling in their favor. Aereo might have the same thing in mind, as they cut down staff significantly, closing at least one office entirely.

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FCC considering backup system to prevent 911 service outages

FCC considering backup system to prevent 911 service outages

The U.S. FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has said it is looking into options for ways to power backup phone systems that would allow people to call 911 emergency services even in the event of a disaster or other causes of power outage. This comes after the FCC says it has observed a rise in 911 service outages, not necessarily caused by storms, but by software and database failures.

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Proposed FCC rule change blurs Internet/Cable TV lines

Proposed FCC rule change blurs Internet/Cable TV lines

The FCC might be a slow-moving agency, like any in Government, but they’re oddly in-tune with what consumers want (most of the time). A new proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler would give many TV addicts exactly what they want, giving Internet TV providers the same footing as legacy Cable TV providers. If passed, the new rules would make it impossible for a broadcaster to refuse to allow an Internet TV provider the right to carry their service specifically because they weren’t a cable provider.

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Nexus 6 hits the FCC, Nexus Player Gamepad now available

Nexus 6 hits the FCC, Nexus Player Gamepad now available

Ever since Google messed up the FCC approval for the Nexus Player, the tech world seems to have gotten a slight obsession about monitoring the arrival of Nexus devices at the government agency. Those who are rooting for the phablet instead of the Nexus 9 tablet can probably now breathe a sigh of relief as the Nexus 6 has finally been added to the FCC's listings, clearing the way for the smartphone's pre-order, which, barring any last minute hiccup, should happen on the 29th.

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T-Mobile complains about low-band spectrum auction

T-Mobile complains about low-band spectrum auction

T-Mobile CEO John Legere talks a lot of smack. On stage, he’s a cyclone of cursing and boasting, snide remarks about the competition, as well as a complainer and apologist for T-Mobile. The company he leads seems to need all that help, too. As much as Legere brags up T-Mobile, signs of just how limited their service really is peek out now and then. In asking the FCC for more spectrum at a better price, T-Mobile is also admitting they’re not very competitive — but not humbly so.

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Nexus Player gets FCC stamp of approval, still out of stock

Nexus Player gets FCC stamp of approval, still out of stock

The Nexus Player was the surprise newcomer that Google unloaded when it announced the expected next generation of Nexus devices. The rather quirky multimedia set-top box, or circle rather, wasn't apparently done surprising us. As quick as it had come to pre-order availability in Google Play Store, it was quickly marked as out of stock, speculated to be due to FCC regulation issues. Now, however, the Nexus Player has been spotted in FCC's database, paving the way for its return and, hopefully, its eventual launch.

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Chromecast stops by FCC, 5GHz WiFi may be coming

Chromecast stops by FCC, 5GHz WiFi may be coming

google’s Chromecast is a tiny wonder, and has claimed the “HDMI 1” port on many TVs across the globe. Our favorite app-to-TV dongle is getting a bit of an upgrade it seems, sopping by the FCC to show off some new stuff. The overall makeup looks the same, hardware-wise, but there’s one small uptick that will have some existing users grabbing a new one. Adopting the 5GHz WiFi standard in addition to the 2.4GHz signal is going to make streaming a pure joy.

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President Obama voices opposition to Internet ‘fast lanes’ proposal

President Obama voices opposition to Internet ‘fast lanes’ proposal

Having campaigned in support of net neutrality during the 2008 election, President Barack Obama last week spoke out in opposition to recent FCC proposals that threaten to bring about "paid prioritization." Obama said he was against the creation of internet "fast lanes," which would allow ISP to charge users a higher price for faster speeds when it comes to content and data.

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